Baby Girl on the Way for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Facebook’s newest user is on her way.
“This will be a new chapter in our lives,” he wrote. “We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation.”
The 31-year-old mogul, who married Chan in 2012, also opened up about the couple’s struggles to conceive.
“We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way.
“You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.
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“In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.
“When we started talking to our friends, we realized how frequently this happened — that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all.
“We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.
Our good news is that our pregnancy is now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful.”
Adding that his wife and baby are “both healthy” — and that the pair’s dog Beast has “no idea what’s coming” — the doting dad-to-be said he’s “extremely excited to meet his little girl.” And she already has him wrapped around one particular finger …
“In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up ‘like’ with her hand, so I’m already convinced she takes after me,” he joked.
— Kate Hogan